Update on running thesession.org
About a year and a half ago I posted some info on the costs involved in running this site:
I thought it would be a good idea to give you an update on those numbers…
The cost of newsletter mailouts (through Mailchimp) has gone up a bit (it’s proportional to the number of subscribers), but the cost of having a secure certificate has gone down from $20 a year to zero, thanks to https://letsencrypt.org/
Here are the updated monthly costs:
$48 Hosting and backups with https://www.digitalocean.com/
$75 Email newsletter with http://mailchimp.com/
$ 8 DNS management with https://dnsimple.com
$ 9 Email account with https://www.fastmail.com/
$ 7 Version control with https://github.com/
$ 0 Secure certificate with https://letsencrypt.org/
$147 total monthly running costs
That’s up a little bit from last time when I said the costs were between $120 and $140
The good news is that your donations are really helping to cover the cost. It’s a bit up and down, but on the whole, it balances out nicely. For instance, the donations from September and October were less than $147 each, but the donations from November and December were above $147 each.
One thing that helps mitigate the uncertainty around donations is the option to give a recurring monthly donation. Thank you very much to everyone doing that—it really helps to balance the books. What’s especially nice is that some of the services listed above let me pay directly via PayPal so your donations are going straight to the running of the site.
I cannot overstate how grateful I am for all of your donations towards the upkeep of thesession.org—I really, really appreciate it.
I’ve set up a separate page for donating (and put a link in the footer):
But if you can’t afford to make a donation, that’s absolutely fine. Like I said last time:
"All donations are gratefully received, but if you’re not in a position to give a donation, don’t worry about it: every time you add a new tune setting, or keep a session listing up to date, or add new information to a recording, you are keeping this site going strong."
Thank you all very much!